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We’re very glad you’re interested in maternity care at Tulsa Birth Center! Please take some time to explore our site, and learn more about midwifery and out-of-hospital birth. When you’re ready, use the link to the right to schedule your FREE tour and initial consultation. Or, you can call 918-932-8164.
While you’re looking around you might want to:
Learn more about the Midwifery Model of Care.
Find out about your birth options.
Learn more about Sarah Foster, CPM.
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Here are some frequently asked questions to get you started:
What is a midwife?
A midwife is a person who is specially trained to take care of women and families during their uncomplicated pregnancies. Midwives replace doctors in these normal, healthy pregnancies, providing all of your prenatal, birth, and postpartum care.
How does homebirth or birth center birth work?
Homebirth is a very simple affair, usually. When a mother goes into labor she calls the midwife, who comes to her home to help her during her labor and birth. The midwife brings along all the necessary equipment needed for the safety and comfort of the mother and baby, and also lifesaving equipment in case of emergency. The mother has her baby, usually in a location of her choosing that has been prepared by the mother or the midwife before or during labor, and then the midwife monitors the mother and baby to make sure they are healthy. Finally, the midwife cleans up the house leaving almost no sign that a birth has occurred, except for the new baby, of course.
Birth center birth is very similar, except that you are in our “home” instead of your own and we have all the equipment available in the birth center instead of bringing it. After your birth, we will still monitor you to make sure you are healthy, and you will be able to leave the birth center once you are feeling ready (usually 2 to 6 hours).
What about labs and ultrasounds?
The lab work and ultrasound schedule is the same as it would be in most doctors offices. Usually your insurance covers these costs but if you do not have insurance a cash discount price in available. Unlike many medical practices you are able to opt out of most testing if you choose to.
Do you need to see a doctor if you have a midwife?
No, if you have a midwife she will provide all of your care unless you develop complications of pregnancy.
Do you take insurance?
Yes. Usually your labs and ultrasounds will be covered by Medicaid, or by your insurance company if you have maternity coverage. You birth fee may or may not be covered, depending on your insurance. For the convenience of families who wish to use their insurance benefit to pay for their homebirth, I contract with an out-of-hospital billing specialist who has years of experience in convincing insurance companies to cover out-of-hospital births.
To find out whether or not your insurance will cover your birth fee, you can submit a Verification of Benefits request at this web address: http://slb-billing.com/Verify_Benifits.html. You will be billed $25 and they will attempt to verify that your insurance company will pay for your birth expenses.
Alternately, some clients have chosen to submit claims to their insurance companies for out-of-pocket expenses after the birth. Instructions on how to do this will be available from your insurance provider, who you can usually reach by using he phone number on the back of your insurance card. Most of the families that have chosen to do this have received some reimbursement from their insurance companies. I am happy to provide any documentation requested by your insurance company.
How do you get a birth certificate?
We file for your baby’s birth certificate with the State of Oklahoma and then you mail a request for the birth certificate when you want the paper copy to be sent to you. You do not have to take any action to have your birth registered, we take care of that for you.
What about the SSN?
When we file your birth certificate we are able to give permission for the State of Oklahoma to share information with the Social Security Administration and request that a SSN be issued to your baby. This is done automatically when the birth certificate information is filed unless you request otherwise.